National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE AND TREATMENT
The NHSDA includes a series of questions that
are based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) used to assess dependence on substances. It includes
questions about health and emotional problems associated with substances
used, attempts to cut down on use, tolerance, and other symptoms. Respondents
are also asked to report on whether they had received treatment or counseling
for a substance abuse problem. The following analysis is based on past
year users of illicit drugs and alcohol. For this analysis the 1997 and
1998 NHSDA data were combined and average annual estimates are presented.
° Of the 23.1 million persons who
used an illicit drug in the past year, 1.9 million reported some health
problem due to their illicit drug use, 3.5 million reported an emotional
or psychological problem due to their drug use, and 4.1 million were dependent
on an illicit drug. An estimated 963,000 had received treatment or counseling
for their drug use (Figure 17).
° An estimate d 1.1 million youths
age 12-17 (26.8 percent of all past year illicit drug users in this age
group) were dependent on an illicit drug, including 0.9 million dependent
on marijuana. An estimated 175,000 youths had received treatment or counseling
for their drug use.
° 9.7 million people were estimated
to be dependent on alcohol, including 915,000 youths age 12-17. An estimated
1.7 million people (including 148,000 youths) reported receiving treatment
or counseling for alcohol use.
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